Jury deliberating in Sedro-Woolley child death

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Jury deliberating in Sedro-Woolley child death

AP News

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – A Skagit County jury continues deliberations today in the trial of a Sedro-Woolley couple accused of homicide by abuse in the death of their adopted daughter.

The case against Larry and Carri Williams went to the jury Friday in Mount Vernon.

They also are charged with manslaughter in the death of Hana Williams in the back yard of the family home in May 2011.

She died of hypothermia and malnutrition.

Prospectors say she was starved, beaten and forced outside as punishment.

The Williams also are charged with first-degree child assault, for allegedly abusing their son who also was adopted in 2008 from Ethiopia.

They have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Defense lawyers told jurors that questionable parenting practices don’t necessarily amount to a crime.